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77 Love Sonnets

Authors: Garrison Keillor

Published by Bloodaxe Books

ISBN: 9781852249007

£12.00
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The highly anticipated debut collection from Garrison Keillor, best-selling novelist and literary celebrity: immediate and accessible, this brilliant group of sonnets is accompanied by two CDs of the author reading his work.

"It’s a delightful volume, consisting, in the main, of love poems that rhyme and scan and are written in homage to the women he has loved throughout his life."
Erica Wagner, The Times

"A thoughtful meditation on all types of love... If you can't get enough of Garrison Keillor through his Lake Wobegon series, his radio show and those grizzly-voiced Honda commercials, try his 77 Love Sonnets.”
The Independent on Sunday (Valentine's Day feature)

“Garrison Keillor again reveals his seemingly endless fecundity in these characteristically observant and affecting poems, as well as in two CDs of him both reading and – in his fashion – singing his work.”
Nicholas Wroe, The Guardian

"With aching realism, Garrison Keillor creates a full range of emotions… Glorious pleasures and stark grief within relationships are deftly conveyed, while the love sonnets… are powerfully erotic."
Rachel Redford, The Observer

"If you’ve occasionally wished that the news from Lake Wobegon contained more erotic poetry – and really, who hasn’t? – then you’ll want to get your hands on Garrison Keillor’s 77 Love Sonnets… Keillor’s original poems of courtship, heartbreak and frank carnal desire, all of it well suited to the author’s folksy, avuncular voice."
The New York Times

"There is at times a twinkling playfulness that recalls, in its wit and polish, the sonneteers of an earlier age."
Simon Proctor

"The book proves that the sonnet is still alive and kicking. Keillor enlarges our sense of what the old 14-liner can do… After years as a poetry impresario, Garrison Keillor has blown his cover. It won’t be possible to think of him anymore as only an engaging radio personality, a diverting humorist, an able novelist, essayist and political commentator, a friend of other people’s verse, but as a poet of force and originality himself, a fresh and yet familiar voice to be reckoned with.”
Contemporary Poetry Review

Garrison Keillor is the author of the Lake Wobegon series of books (published by Faber in the UK, and broadcast on Radio 4). He is a well-known voice on radio in Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. He has hosted A Prairie Home Companion since its debut in 1974, chronicling life in a Minnesotan small town in his weekly monologues. He was famously parodied on The Simpsons, and his voice can also be heard on Honda TV adverts. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days (Faber, 1985), Love Me (Faber, 2003) and Homegrown Democrat (Penguin, 2004) and two anthologies drawing on his Writer’s Almanac poem selections: Good Poems (Penguin, 2002) and Good Poems for Hard Times (Penguin, 2005).
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